Water scarcity statistics

Unique datasets showing blue water scarcity in the world on a monthly basis at high spatial resolution.

Blue water footprint caps for 11,000+ river basins worldwide

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Reference: Hogeboom, R.J., de Bruin, D., Schyns, J.F., Krol, M.S. & Hoekstra, A.Y. (2020) Capping human water footprints in the world’s river basins. Earth’s Future, 8(2): e2019EF001363. Find it here

Monthly blue water scarcity at grid scale at 30 × 30 arc minute (1996-2005)

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Reference: Mekonnen, M.M. & Hoekstra, A.Y. (2016) Four billion people facing severe water scarcity, Science Advances, 2(2): e1500323. Find it here

Monthly blue water scarcity for the world’s major river basins (1996-2005)

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Reference: Hoekstra, A.Y., Mekonnen, M.M., Chapagain, A.K., Mathews, R.E. & Richter, B.D. (2012) Global monthly water scarcity: Blue water footprints versus blue water availability, PLoS ONE, 7(2): e32688. Find it here